Comic Review – 25 cent Hulk

Marvel’s got another cheap issue of a comic out shortly before
the film version. This one’s The Incredible Hulk.

General Information

Title: Incredible Hulk #55

Author: Bruce Jones

Illustrator(s): Leandro Fernandez

Original Publication Date: June 11, 2003

Cover Price: $0.25US, $0.40Can


This is the first part in a five-part story arc, which has been priced
very cheaply to promote the title before the release of the movie.
this issue, it looks like the Absorbing Man has found a way to
people from within his high-tech cage.

High Point

Rescuing the damsel in distress.

There’s a great Hulk-themed “got milk?” ad in here, too.

Low Point

Getting attacked isn’t enough to make Banner “Hulk out?”

The Scores

This is a direction I haven’t seen the Hulk take before, especially
I’m correctly interpreting the the promo ad for the next issue
goes on sale the week after the movie comes out.) I give the
originality 5 out of 6.

The artwork is a bit cartoony, but it’s still good. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The story is a good introduction to the new story arc.
get a feel for how Bruce Banner lives his life, how evil his villain
is, and how the villain is going to attack. I give it 4 out of 6.

The characterization is fairly one-dimensional. The
character doesn’t appear, and Bruce Banner gets surprisingly
page time. The focus is on the villain’s potential lackeys, and
there’s too many of them to know any individuals well. I give
it 3 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was limited.
There is
one good joke, and a great moment to cheer, but that’s about it.
was interested in where this villain is going, though. I give it 3
out of 6.

The flow is well done. There is switching between
storylines, but they’re written with the same pacing, so it doesn’t
impede the momentum of the story. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent issue that might get comic fans
this title, but I’m not sure if it’ll get non-fans into comics. I
give it 4 out of 6.

In total, The Incredible Hulk #55 receives 28 out of